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BookTrust is the UK's largest children's reading charity. Each year we reach 3.4 million children across the UK with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading - because we know that reading can transform lives.

Our programmes and campaigns are delivered via health, library, schools, early years and outreach partners.

Please note: Our usual home, unless otherwise specified, is Battersea Studios in London. We are currently a 'work from home' organisation due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. This will be reviewed on an ongoing basis in line with government guidance.


BookTrust Relationship Manager - London

Location: London office-based for 2/3 days per week with home working or attendance at meetings on other days (currently temporarily home-based due to COVID-19)
Contract: Full time, permanent
Salary: £32,500 - £36,000 per annum

Working as part of a team of six, our Relationship Managers work directly with local authorities - particularly education, public health, libraries and early years settings - to ensure that BookTrust resources are delivered to children and families across the country with maximum impact.

We are particularly keen to hear from candidates with a proven track record of building strong relationships across diverse networks. The role would particularly suit someone seeking to move to the charity sector from a local government, politics, policy or early years background.

To apply, please submit your CV and a covering letter to recruitment@booktrust.org.uk, outlining your suitability in relation to the person specification. Please also answer the following question in addition to your covering letter (800 words maximum):

Please tell us about your experience in identifying, developing and managing partnerships. What was important and how do you go about it?

Closing date: Friday, 8 January 2021 at 17:00
Interviews: Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams

Please note that the closing date of this vacancy is subject to change if we receive a sufficient number of applications.

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Project and Planning Coordinator

Location: BookTrust, Battersea (home working initially in line with government guidelines)
Contract: Full time, permanent
Salary: £28,000 - £32,000 per annum

The Project and Planning Coordinator will help BookTrust develop and maintain strong planning processes to deliver our strategy. The role will assist in shaping and improving the organisation's decision-making through a clearly defined planning cycle as well as by helping to deliver key strategic projects. You will ensure senior decision-makers have access to the right data and information at the right times as we develop and change our portfolio of work to deliver maximum impact for children and families.

The postholder will work across the organisation, helping to pull together our research, partner insight and design and development workstreams. They will also assist with governance arrangements, ensuring that there is a clear flow in decision-making throughout the organisation.

To apply, submit your CV and a covering letter (no longer than 500 words) to recruitment@booktrust.org.uk, outlining your suitability in relation to the person specification. Please also answer the following question in addition to your covering letter (no longer than 300 words):

Please explain how you would approach this scenario. BookTrust want to set up a new project to gift 50,000 books to vulnerable children in ten different Local Authority areas in March 2021. Please explain how you would approach setting up this project. What tools and/or methods would you use? What do you think some of the challenges might be?

Closing date: Tuesday, 15 December 2020 at 09:00
Interview: Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams

Please note that the closing date of this vacancy is subject to change if we receive a sufficient number of applications.

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BookTrust Cymru: Big Welsh Rhyme Time Commissions 2021

We are inviting poets, writers, musicians and performers to help us create some special new content for the Big Welsh Rhyme Time 2021.

We are offering up to four commissions of £500 each.

Submission deadline: Midnight, Sunday 6 December

BookTrust Cymru: Comisiynau Amser Rhigwm Mawr Cymru 2021

Hoffem wahodd beirdd, awduron, cerddorion a pherfformwyr i’n helpu i greu cynnwys newydd ac arbennig ar gyfer Amser Rhigwm Mawr Cymru 2021.

Rydyn ni’n cynnig hyd at bedwar comisiwn fydd yn werth £500 yr un

Dyddiad cau gwneud cais: Hanner nos, dydd Sul 6 Rhagfyr


BookTrust is an equal opportunities employer

We aim to ensure that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, colour, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age or disability and that all appointments are made solely on the basis of merit.

In order that our equality policy is effective we carry out regular monitoring of job applicants, and we would therefore ask you to complete the equality monitoring form.This information will be kept centrally within our secure HR department, completely separate from your recruitment application form and will be used for the sole purpose of compiling statistical information. The information will be separated from the application form and will not be given to the selection panel. The completed monitoring form will be destroyed once the information given in it has been collated.

BookTrust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

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